Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The Triglyph in the Temple



New stone and clay models of temples illuminate an architectural element of the biblical temple as described in texts such as Ezekiel 41:6. In the image of the stone model above, note the seven groups of roof-beams, three planks in each. Such a beam is termed a triglyph, and with it we now have a handle on the Hebrew term צֵלָע. The portable shrines (shrine models) were recently unearthed at a border city of Judah from the time of King David, Khirbet Qeiyafa in the valley of Elah southwest of Jerusalem.


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